Kelly Clarkson gave a very emotional performance during the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors.
The reason it was so emotional was because she performed for honoree Reba McEntire, who happens to be her hero and mother-in-law.
Before singing, Clarkson briefly talked about her relationship with McEntire. She said, “Sometimes when we meet our heroes, it doesn’t always pan out, you know, how you hope.
Kelly Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock together
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 06: (Exclusive Coverage) Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson backstage after she performed songs from her new album ‘The Meaning of Life’ at The Rainbow Room on September 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Atlantic Records)
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 15: Brandon Blackstock and wife Kelly Clarkson pose backstage at the hit musical ‘Finding Neverland’ on Broadway at The Lunt Fontanne Theater on July 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
PHOENIX, AZ – MARCH 28: Brandon Blackstock (L) and singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson attend Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XXI at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
PHOENIX, AZ – MARCH 28: (L-R) TV Producer Narvel Blackstock, singers Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock attend Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XXI at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 07: Singer Kelly Clarkson (R) and Brandon Blackstock in the audience during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 10: Singer Kelly Clarkson (R) and Brandon Blackstock attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
New Orleans, LA, February 9, Kelly Clarkson, grandmarshal of Krewe Of 2013 Endymion Parade rides on the Endymion Mardi Gras float wearing an engagement ring next to fianc?? Brandon Blackstock. The Krewe of Endymion rolls through Mid-Cityon the traditional route during the parades 47th year with the theme ‘Ancient Mysteries’. (Photo by Julie Dermansky/Corbis via Getty Images)
Singer Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock arrive at the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the US Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States. AFP PHOTO/POOL/WIN MCNAMEE (Photo credit should read WIN MCNAMEE/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson attend Warner Music Group Grammy Celebration hosted by InStyle at Chateau Marmont on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for InStyle)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Reba McEntire, Warner Music Nashville’s President and CEO John Espositio, Blake Shelton, Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson attend Warner Music Group Grammy Celebration hosted by InStyle at Chateau Marmont on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for InStyle )
But meeting Reba, being friends with her, and eventually becoming family has been one of the highlights of my life.”While Clarkson was thanking McEntire for all she has done for her, she sputtered and had to gather herself after being overcome with emotions.
An emotional Clarkson said, “Thank you so much for comforting me on the phone through my tears, like a friend.” She added, “And thank you for being a really rad grandma for my kids.”Clarkson then performed a cover of the song “Fancy,” which was a popular hit from McEntire’s album Rumor Has It.
And the performance drew heavy emotions and heavy praise from viewers on Twitter.
After belting out an amazing rendition of the song, Clarkson looked up to McEntire in her seat and said, “I hope I did it justice.”
McEntire replied with a standing ovation and a resounding thumbs up.
The Kennedy Center Honors took place on December 2nd. They aired Wednesday at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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